World Marathon Majors - a 6 star quest

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10 Nov
5:01pm, 10 Nov 2022
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Yes I lived in Japan and started running there, but was a bit casual about it. So I didn't really follow the running scene, but there was a big ekiden around the new year that was hard to miss as it was on TV screens everywhere for a couple of days. I think it's university teams.

(ekiden is a long-distance multi-stage relay, based on historical post-horse message-carrying on major routes)

I think you're right that Fukuoka is back on again. I did one marathon in Japan, at Tsukuba, which is a science city outside Tokyo. That seems to be on this weekend, if anyone is in the area :-)
17 Nov
3:53pm, 17 Nov 2022
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Berlin have sent out some ballot results by mistake. You can safely ignore them - the ballot is still open until the end of the day.

Likewise, Chicago closes today as well...
20 Nov
11:04am, 20 Nov 2022
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For those on here that have done Tokyo, or maybe know someone who has done Tokyo, how do people generally get in? Is it generally via a tour company?

I did see the recent news that Abbott are adding an extra mechanism for a Tokyo place for those who have 5 stars, but I am a way off that at the moment. I am currently involved in a virtual race for a Tokyo 2024 place, but the odds are low!
1 Dec
12:05pm, 1 Dec 2022
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I've just been having a look at the charity programme for Tokyo.

If I've understood correctly, some charities will award places on a first-come first served basis for a minmum donation of 100,000 Yen, which by my reckoning is about £600.

This year those programmes opened applications on July 11.

Unlike in the UK for golden bond places, you don't have time to raise the funds before the event. There's a 3 week application window after which, if you're selected, you have to pony up the cash straight away.
1 Dec
5:15pm, 1 Dec 2022
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DeeGee, a friend of mine did that for his 2023 place.
1 Dec
8:59pm, 1 Dec 2022
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I'll definitely keep an eye on that for 2024, then.

Really didn't fancy 2023 with the restrictions still in place.
9:34am, 2 Dec 2022
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So Berlin ballot results are out. Anybody in?
12:48pm, 2 Dec 2022
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I got a rejection, which is odd because I didn't think i'd entered the ballot having done the race this year. *shrug*
4:18pm, 2 Dec 2022
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ptr, Berlin did mess up in the last week or so, sending rejection emails to people who hadn’t entered. I’m not sure if it was everyone, but I know of 2 people who ran it previously, didn’t enter the ballot this time, but got a rejection email a week or so ago. Berlin did post on their social media apologising about that though.

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Maintained by DeeGee
All things relating to any or all of the 6 World Marathon Majors.

Tokyo: 05 Mar 2023, ballot closed
Boston: 17 April 2023, general entries closed (all qualifying times were accepted!)
London: 23 April 2023, ballot results are now out.
Berlin: 24 September 2023. Ballot results are now out.
Chicago: 08 Oct 2023. Ballot results 08/12/22.
New York City: 05 November 2023. Ballot 08-22 Feb 2023. Ballot Results 01 Mar 2023.

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